Monday, June 23, 2014

A few statistics

We live in a messed up world to be blunt. If you think about it all this world cares about is materialistic things or what looks good. Seriously just think about it. What do you see on TV? A huge majority of the time it is nice good looking slender people with perfect lives! Very rarely do see any else.

Everything is like this. Even autism.

I have spoke my opinion on how the focus is on high functioning and mild cases of autism. The focus is on how people can overcome their autism. The realistic fact is there are very few cases where this happens. Do your research and you will find this too. However, this is what people want to focus on. Sometimes, its better to look at the realistic facts so you don't set yourself up for another tragedy in life.
Yes, you do therapy after therapy to help improve their lives but very very few are independent individuals. 

Do I expect Trenton to totally recover from his severe autism? I wish that would be the case! I will have hope but the facts prove that is a very slim possibility.
Do I expect Andrew to recover from his  autism? Once again, I hope that is what happens but the facts prove that that is even rare in mild cases.
Here are some statistics for you...

According to a National Autistic Society survey of over 450 children and adults with autism, an astonishing 70% of adults with autism are unable to live independently. Of these individuals, 49% live with family members, creating a huge financial burden on aging parents, and 32% live in residential care facilities, which offer little or no privacy, autonomy, or stimulation.
Only 3% of adults with autism live fully independently. In terms of employment, only 6% of adults hold paid, full-time jobs. Regarding mental health, over half of adults with autism have been diagnosed with depression some time in their adult life while 11% say they have suffered a "nervous breakdown."
And even though the majority of adults surveyed had participated in at least two autism interventions in childhood, 65% continue having difficulty making friends. Of teens surveyed, 74% stated that they had difficulty making friends. Of children under 13 years old, 31% participated in no social activities at all.
Clearly this data shows the burden on quality of life for adults with autism, issues such as independence, self-determination, employment, mental health, social support, and meaningful relationships are virtually ignored when planning treatments, assessing treatment outcomes, or evaluating an overall program’s effectiveness.

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